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Google Earth’s name was changed from EarthViewer 3D, after the creator (Keyhole, a Central Intelligence Agency) was acquired by Google, back in 2004. Initially, there were three versions of this program, but Google has decided to discontinue Google Earth Plus. The Pro version had a price of $399 per year, but now you can get it for free. Everyone who’s interested in using this software can get it from Google’s official page, where they will click on the “Agree and Download” button.

Google Earth Pro can be installed on devices running on Windows (12.5 MB), OS X (35 MB), Linux (24 MB), Android (8.46 MB) and iOS (27 MB). After clicking on the Agree and Download button, you will be redirected to a new page where you will see this message: “Thank you for downloading Google Earth. Your download should start automatically”. That’s it, now you can manually install the program on your device and start enjoying its features.

Major features:

Flight simulator

If you want to explore the globe as if you’d be in a plane, then this feature will provide you a simulated flight with an F-16 Fighting Falcon or a Cirrus SR-22. If you want to start the simulation, you will need to hold down three keys at the same time: Ctrl, Alt and A. The awesome thing about this feature is that it allows you to fly under water as well, and with the first single-engine multirole fighter aircraft you’ll reach a maximum speed of 1678 knots (3108 km/h), while with the second one has a take-off speed of 75 knots (139 km/h) and a landing speed of 70 knots (130 km/h).

Street View

This feature provides 360 degrees panoramic street-level views and the users can look at the buildings from one side and another of a street, from the ground level. This way, they will know better all the major cities from the US, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, the UK, Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore.

Sky mode

With this feature, you’ll view stars and other celestial bodies, and you will see also pictures from the Hubble telescope. Moreover, you will visit the moon and Mars, as the program includes 3D renderings of this planet’s terrain.

Historical Imagery

If you want to go back in time and see how a place looked like, this feature will analyze past records of that place and show you a comparison between past and present.

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